Fawns and Deer

It is very common to find mule deer with a hurt leg or other injury due to being hit by a car. Unfortunately, rehabilitation of adult deer in the State of Oregon is prohibited. If you believe the deer is suffering and will not survive, contact the Oregon State Police non-emergency number at 800-442-0776 for euthanasia. Otherwise, it is best to leave it be. These animals can survive and even thrive on three legs.

If you find a deer stuck in a fence or trap, contact our Wildlife Hotline at (541) 241-8680.

If you found an orphaned fawn or young deer under 50 lbs, do not approach or attempt to move it. Mother deer often leave their fawns alone for hours while they forage for food. She may have decided that your yard was the perfect safe spot!

If mom doesn't come back for over a day or you suspect an injury, call Sandy at Wildside Rehabilitation: 541-610-9962

If you find an injured fawn with mom nearby, be very careful about approaching as the mother may become aggressive.

If you are having conflicts with deer on your property, try these humane mitigation techniques:

Eating flowers or trees

  • Hanging CD’s, may not work if deer are used to urban living
  • Planting deer resistant plants, such as Poppy’s (Toxic), Yarrow (they do not like the taste),
  • Using chicken wire to create a large enough barrier around trees that they can not be reached (works for rubbing bucks also)
  • Fencing around an orchard that is at least 8 feet high and planted firmly in the ground so that they can not use their heads to lift them.
  • Deer repellant spray